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‘Media Literacy In A Fake News World’ Sept. 23

on September 6, 2017 - 7:03am
Northern New Mexico Press Women presents “Media Literacy in a Fake News World” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Santa Fe Public Library Southside branch, 6599 Jaguar Dr.
Panel moderator Inez Russell Gomez, editorial editor of the Santa Fe New Mexican, will lead the conversation about fake news with Albuquerque Journal North editor Mark Oswald, Taos News editor Staci Matlock, PBS Newshour correspondent Kathleen McCleery and author James McGrath Morris.
The event is free and is sponsored by the Santa Fe Public Library, New Mexico Press Women, the Society of

New Mexico Chef Wins 3rd At National Seafood Cookoff

on September 6, 2017 - 6:57am
Marc Quiñones competing in New Orleans at the Great American Seafood Cookoff. Courtesy photo
NMT News:
SANTA FE  New Mexico chef, Marc Quiñones, took 3rd place at the 14th annual Great American Seafood Cookoff, a national cooking competition, held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Thirteen U.S. chefs were pitted against one another in a live cooking show Aug. 5.
As the executive chef at MAS Tapas y Vino, located inside Albuquerque’s Hotel Andaluz, Quiñones was selected to represent New Mexico after an invitation was sent by Lousiana’s Lt. Gov.

NMPED Releases School Grades

on September 6, 2017 - 6:52am
ALBUQUERQUE  Aug. 22, the New Mexico Public Education Department announced that 2017 New Mexico Public School Grades are now available.
The results show that schools that have embraced education reforms continue to improve.
“We need to continue doing everything we can to put our students first so they can receive the high-quality education they deserve and go on to succeed in college, the workforce and life,” Gov. Susana Martinez said. “That includes empowering our parents to see how their local schools are performing compared to others around the state.

Distinguished New Mexico Authors Share ‘Our Times With Miss O’Keeffe’ In Santa Fe Sept. 22

on September 6, 2017 - 6:17am
Georgia O'Keeffe Writing Daily Letter to Alfred Stieglitz, Ghost Ranch House Patio, 1944. Gift of Maria Chabot. © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
NMHM News:
SANTA FE  In September, the New Mexico History Museum is hosting Our Times with Miss O’Keeffe (and Other Stories) with three distinguished writers who describe their memorable moments with New Mexico’s most recognized artist.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and artist N. Scott Momaday, will recall afternoons with Georgia O’Keeffe and read other poems inspired by landscapes of the Southwest.

McDonald’s Giving Free Breakfast to All Kindergarten Through 8th Graders And Teachers 6-9 a.m. Today!

on September 6, 2017 - 5:29am
NMM News:
ALBUQUERQUE — Participating New Mexico McDonald’s restaurants across the entire state will be providing FREE breakfast to K – 8th graders (children 15 & under accompanied by a parent/guardian) and teachers with their school I.D., 6-9 a.m. today.
Breakfast includes a choice of Egg McMuffin or Egg White Delight McMuffin, Apple Slices and 1% White Milk or Minute Maid Orange Juice or Apple Juice. Studies show there is a strong link between a wholesome breakfast and better performance in school!
McDonald’s of New Mexico is proud to partner on this program with Dairy MAX – the

Council Opts To Send Letter Of Support To NMDOT On N.M. 126 Paving Project Proposal

on September 5, 2017 - 5:43pm

Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz listens to Councilor Chris Chandler make a motion regarding a citizen's petition presented at the Aug. 29 Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ 

Economic Development Administrator Joan Ahlers discusses Dave Fox's petition with council during its regular meeting Aug. 29. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/




In an effort to get the remaining 8-mile stretch of N.M. 126 paved from La Cueva to Cuba, Los Alamos businessman Dave Fox presented a petition to Los Alamos County Council during its regular

New Mexico’s Immigrant Youth Participate In ‘Statewide Student Walkout For Immigrant Justice’ Tuesday

on September 4, 2017 - 5:04pm


Tuesday, Sept. 5, hundreds of students, immigrant leaders and allies across the state of New Mexico will participate in a Statewide Student Walkout for Immigrant Justice’ calling for the protection of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and immigrant families nationwide.


The statewide demonstration comes on the same date, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and 9 other Republican Attorneys General, set as a deadline for the administrative relief program to be phased-out by the Trump administration –or face a lawsuit to try and rule the program as

Attorney General Balderas On President Trump’s Decision To End DACA

on September 4, 2017 - 7:09am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attroney General:

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to end DACA:

“With the decision to end DACA, President Trump is compromising the safety of our communities and our nation, and he is putting the security of thousands of New Mexicans who contribute to our classrooms, public safety and economy at risk.

“Losing hundreds of thousands of future police officers, members of the military, doctors and teachers will create an unacceptable

Legislative Interim Committee Dates For Sept. 5-8

on September 4, 2017 - 7:03am


SANTA FE – The following legislative interim committees are meeting Sept. 5-8:

Sept. 5-6 @ 9 a.m. – Water and Natural Resources Committee (WNRC), Grant County Business and Conference Center, 3031 U.S. 180 E., Silver City

Agenda Items: Salt Cedar Eradication; Regional and State Water Plan Progress; Southwest New Mexico Ground Water Quality Issues; Proposed Transfer of Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park to the Department of Game and Fish; Carlsbad Brine Well Collapse Remediation and Implementation of Legislation.

Sept. 6 @ 9 a.m. – Agenda Items: Arizona Water Settlements Act

Speaker Brian Egolf On Death Of Former Santa Fe Rep. Luciano ‘Lucky’ Varela

on September 3, 2017 - 12:24pm

Luciano ‘Lucky’ Varela


SANTA FE -- House Speaker Brian Egolf has issued a statement following the death of longtime state representative Luciano “Lucky” Varela.

Varela, 82, died Saturday night at his home in Santa Fe, surrounded by his family. He had suffered a series of health issues.

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Rep. Lucky Varela,” Egolf said. “In my years of serving with Lucky, he was always a stalwart advocate for working people, for using our resources wisely, and for the people of Santa Fe.

Scenes From Las Fiestas de Santa Rosa In Dixon

on September 3, 2017 - 6:24am

Scene from the Las Fiestas de Santa Rosa recently in Dixon. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Scene from the Las Fiestas de Santa Rosa recently in Dixon. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Scene from the Las Fiestas de Santa Rosa recently in Dixon. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Scene from the Las Fiestas de Santa Rosa recently in Dixon. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Scene from the Las Fiestas de Santa Rosa recently in Dixon. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Scene from the Las Fiestas de Santa Rosa recently in Dixon. Photo by Robert Beberniss

Scene from the Las Fiestas de Santa Rosa recently in Dixon. Photo by Robert

FBI: Stocky Man Wearing Black Baseball Cap Robs Albuquerque Bank

on September 2, 2017 - 4:26pm

Anyone who knows this suspect should call the FBI at 505.889.1300. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for a stocky man who robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank this afternoon, Sept. 2.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 30s, approximately 6' tall, with a stocky build and a goatee. He wore a black baseball cap with a shiny sticker on the brim, a dark short-sleeve T-shirt, dark pants and dark shoes.
At approximately 12:42 p.m., the suspect entered U.S. Bank at 2300 Louisiana Blvd. NE.

Governor Announces 110,000 More New Mexico Students Accessing High-Speed Internet In School

on September 2, 2017 - 1:24pm

  • Broadband for Education Initiative Connecting More Students than Ever Before

ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that 110,000 more New Mexico students have access to high-speed Internet at school.

The Governor began an initiative to connect every New Mexico student with high-speed Internet at school by the 2018 school year. Since her 2015 announcement, 99 percent of New Mexico’s public schools now have access to high-speed Internet – and the partnerships leveraged through the initiative have reduced costs to connect students by more than 60 percent.

“Every child can

The Mighty Bighorn ... Help Keep Them Strong

on September 2, 2017 - 7:05am
U.S. Forest Service
I stood motionless, afraid to even blink let alone breathe. His bulbous eye focused on the off-colored rock sitting before him. His 220-pound frame was sleek and well-defined but nothing compared to what it would be in a few months when he bulked up to begin defending his right to breed.
The Rocky Mountain bighorn ram standing before me was already a fine specimen, he was soon going to be a fierce competitor as well.

New Mexico Film Office Announces Universal Cable Productions 'Mr. Robot' To Film In New Mexico

on September 2, 2017 - 7:01am
NMFO News:
SANTA FE  New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced Aug. 31 that USA Network's television series "Mr. Robot" produced by Universal Cable Productions in association with Anonymous Content, will partially shoot in Albuquerque at the end of August through the beginning of September. 
"Once again, New Mexico's incredible landscapes, unmatched workforce, and our powerful incentives are bringing good jobs to New Mexico," New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis said.

League Of Women Voters Social Gathering Sept. 7

on September 2, 2017 - 6:26am
LWV News:
The Los Alamos League of Women Voters invites long-term members, new members, and inquiring non-members to a League Social Gathering 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at the home of Rosmarie Frederickson at 1372 47th St. off Sandia in the Western Area.
One of the League’s missions is to educate its members and others about the government and to encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government.
To these ends, political strategist Tarin Nix will speak briefly about how citizens can engage with the New Mexico Legislature, and Councilor Rick Reiss will

SFNF: Closure Order For Segment Of Continental Divide Trail Extended For Safety Reasons

on September 1, 2017 - 3:59pm

SFNF News:

The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) has extended the closure of a segment of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) on the Coyote Ranger District to provide for public safety as fire crews continue to work on the Ojitos Fire in the Chama River Wilderness.

The temporary closure is in effect until Dec. 31, 2017, unless it is rescinded earlier.

The restricted area includes CDT #813 from the Ojitos Trailhead at Skull Bridge on the Chama River to the CDT crossing at NM Highway 96, known locally as Ojitos Trail #298. Potentially hazardous conditions may exist on this trail section, and

TODAY: Democrats & DACA Recipients With United We Dream Action Urge President Trump To Defend DACA

on September 1, 2017 - 10:27am
DPNM News:
ALBUQUERQUE ― Today, Sept. 1, leaders in the Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) and DACA recipients with United We Dream Action will hold a press conference to urge President Trump to defend DACA, the program that protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.
Speakers include N.M. Representative and DPNM Hispanic Caucus Co-Chair Patricia Roybal Caballero, N.M. Representative Javier Martinez, Immigrant Advocate Cindy Nava, Senator Tom Udall’s State Director Greg Bloom, and DACA recipients with United We Dream Yazmin and Jazmin Irazoqui Ruiz.

Auditor Keller And Prosperity Works Launch Working Group On Child Savings Accounts

on September 1, 2017 - 9:06am
State Auditor Tim Keller
SANTA FE  State Auditor Tim Keller and Prosperity Works, a non-profit organization, launched a working group to develop policy and legislative recommendations regarding child savings accounts and financial literacy programs.
Child savings accounts have a strong track record of helping kids escape poverty by helping them to learn financial management with funds dedicated to post-secondary education.
“We need to use every tool in the toolbox to change the face of poverty in our state,” Keller said.

State Police Investigating Taos Police Department Officer-Involved Shooting

on September 1, 2017 - 8:27am
NMSP News:
TAOS, NM  The New Mexico State Police is investigating a shooting by a Taos Police Department officer. The shooting occurred Aug. 28 around 2:30 p.m. at the Fred Baca Park located at the intersection of Camino Del Medio and Fred Baca Park Road in Taos. 
Taos Police Department (TPD) had been called to the park to assist officers with the New Mexico Adult Probation and Parole Office (APPO). APPO officers had recognized inside a vehicle (a teal Saturn passenger car) at the park an absconder who had a felony warrant for his arrest. The absconder was identified as Requildo E.

FBI: Navajo Man From Bloomfield Sentenced To Prison For Involuntary Manslaughter Conviction

on September 1, 2017 - 8:22am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Thomas J. Yazzie, Jr., 52, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation from Bloomfield, was sentenced Aug. 29 in Federal Court in Albuquerque, to 30 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for his conviction on an involuntary manslaughter charge.
Yazzie was arrested Feb. 7, 2017, on an indictment charging him with involuntary manslaughter. According to the indictment, Yazzie killed a man while driving under the influence of alcohol on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County, May 10, 2016.
March 30, 2017, Yazzie pled guilty to the

2017-2018 Public Lecture Series Begins At SAR Sept. 14

on September 1, 2017 - 8:12am
Dr. Melissa Cefkin
SAR News:
SANTA FE  Images of a future world with driverless cars have fueled popular imagination for decades.
Think “The Jetsons” or Minority Report. But what might the future hold for the everyday experience any one of us has as we move from place to place?
Anthropologist Dr. Melissa Cefkin kicks off the School for Advanced Research (SAR) 2017-18 Public Lecture Series, Designing the Future, with Walk, Don’t Walk: Everyday Interactions with Self-Driving Cars at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14, 2017, at the James A.

Rep. Lujan Grisham Meets With New Mexico Immigrant Youth As Part Of ‘Dreamer Dinners’ Campaign

on September 1, 2017 - 7:00am
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
ALBUQUERQUE  As hardline forces inside and outside the Administration, such as AG Jeff Sessions and Texas AG Ken Paxton, are trying to force President Trump to preside over the end of the popular and successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM 1st District) joined immigrant leaders from the New Mexico Dream Team to break bread with New Mexico families and discuss DACA and the risks if the program is revoked.
Photos of Thursday’s breakfast can be found

Tips To Keep Bears Away From Your Property

on September 1, 2017 - 6:07am
Black bear. Courtesy/NMDG&F
Two bears climb a tree recently on Villa Street near Aspen School. Photo by Nancy Johnson
Corporal - Albuquerque Supervisory District
N.M. Department of Game and Fish

“I have a bear visiting my property and getting into my trash and birdfeeders.” This is how most phone calls regarding bear activity start. And believe me, there have been plenty of them in recent weeks and I anticipate many more in the weeks to come. 

I have heard many residents say they have seen more bears this summer in town than in recent years.

FBI: Zuni Pueblo Man Gets 30 Months For Federal Involuntary Manslaughter Conviction

on September 1, 2017 - 5:08am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Darold Ray ZunieFeathers, 21, a member and resident of Zuni Pueblo, was sentenced Aug. 29 in Federal Court in Santa Fe, to 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his involuntary manslaughter conviction.
ZunieFeathers was arrested in April 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with involuntary manslaughter. According to the complaint, ZunieFeathers killed a Zuni Pueblo man by running over him with a vehicle July 29, 2015, on the Zuni Indian Reservation in McKinley County.